Resident Conductor & Principal Viola
An award-winning violist and chamber musician whose playing has been described as “absolutely splendid… dancing with emotion,” (The Day) Dr. Jamie Arrowsmith’s career spans genres and pushes boundaries. His recent work includes collaborations with Asian and Arabic musicians as part of the London, UK-based Notes Inégales Improvisation Ensemble, and he has appeared at several leading music festivals, including the BRAVO! Vail Valley Music Festival, the Strings in the Mountains Chamber Music Festival, and the Southbank Centre New Music Biennial. Jamie frequently appears as part of the Cambrian Concert Series, and continues to perform as a guest soloist and chamber musician around Northern Ontario.
As the Resident Conductor of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, Jamie regularly leads the ensemble in concerts featuring a wide variety of repertoire and guests. Notable performances include Symphony!, in collaboration with the Juno-nominated Sultans of String, as well as Sudbury’s first-ever orchestral staging of Les Misérables, in partnership with YES Theatre. Jamie also led the SSO in a full-scale production of Benjamin Britten’s rarely-performed opera Noye’s Fludde, which included over a hundred participants from local schools, youth choirs and community music organizations. In his role as programming director for the SSO Chamber Music Concerts, he has introduced local audiences to refreshing and well-received programs of both traditional and innovative new repertoire.
Jamie is Music Director of the award-winning Sudbury Youth Orchestra, the Sudbury Sound Collective Improvisation Ensemble, and is musical co-director of the City of Lakes Music Society. He has twice been named as Music Director for the Northern Ontario Music Festival Honour Band, and is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician. Jamie brings music from the stage to the community through his educational outreach performances in schools, public spaces, and community hubs throughout the region of Greater Sudbury.
Jamie has worked with such renowned conducting pedagogues as Neil Varon, Cliff Colnott and Charles Olivieri-Monroe, and he has been a participant in numerous conducting programs around the world, including the Oregon Summer Conducting Institute and the Olomouc International Conducting Masterclass where he was a guest conductor of the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Kent State University and Brunel University, and has won numerous first prize awards as a chamber musician, including the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, the MTNA Chamber Music Competition and the Green Lake String Quartet Competition. In 2014, he joined the distinguished panel of judges for the Guangya Chengdu International Violin Competition in Chengdu, China. He has also been recognized by Northern Ontario Business as a 40 Under 40 award winner for community arts leadership, and is a recipient of the Joan Mantle Music Trust Community Award. His academic work focusses on the intersection of professional and amateur practice in community orchestras, and he has published and presented papers on the topic at conferences around the world.
Jamie continues to enjoy his role as Head of Strings and Coordinator of the Independent Music Production program at the Cambrian College School of Music in Sudbury, Ontario.